Jonathan Mills

Biography

I grew up in Somerset, England, an area rich in history, myth, and story-telling. It's where Alfred the Great hid from the Danes in the Ninth Century, where the Duke of Monmouth led the Pitchfork Rebellion against James II in 1685, where countless ghosts, witches and giants have stalked the hills and marshes for thousands of years.

"The Witch of Glenaster", "The Widow's Thorn" and "The Ghosts of Glenaster" are inspired by these stories, and also by writers such as Ursula Le Guin, Kevin Crossley-Holland, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
I have many favourite authors, though certain ones I keep coming back to - Arthur Machen, Robert Aickman, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Ursula Le Guin. I read a lot of Iain Banks and Franz Kafka when I was younger, and Roald Dahl and Beatrix Potter when I was younger still. And then there are authors of whose work I may only have read one novel, but it's one that has lodged firmly amongst my favourites - "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte, "True Grit" by Charles Portis, "The Book of the New Sun" by Gene Wolfe. Some writers just haunt your imagination, and refuse to leave.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't know if it was the first one I ever wrote, but I have a very clear memory of writing a story about cavemen when I was at primary school, about eight or nine years old. I think it was my garbled interpretation of what the teacher had told us about Stone Age life. I remember being very struck by the fact (is it a fact? I really should check this) that cavemen sometimes ate each other's brains, this being the kind of trivia that fascinated my eight-year-old self, and still fascinates me now, child that I am. Naturally, I drew an accompanying illustration.
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Where to find Jonathan Mills online

Series

The Glenaster Chronicles
My novels "The Witch of Glenaster", "The Widow's Thorn" and "The Ghosts of Glenaster" together form a trilogy entitled the Glenaster Chronicles, which tell the story of Esther Lanark, a young girl in a world very different to our own, who has to leave her home and journey through a hostile land, a place of thieves, dragons, demons and dark magic, to protect her brother and avenge her family.
The Witch of Glenaster
Price: $1.99 USD.
The Widow's Thorn
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Ghosts of Glenaster
Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

The Ghosts of Glenaster
Series: The Glenaster Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,680. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Thomas Taper has returned from the nameless lands - yet a shadow hangs over him, and over the empire, as news arrives from the capital that the emperor is dead. Many people covet the crown, but none are more dangerous than Lord Anguis, a sorcerer from the edges of the known world. As the awful truth about him begins to emerge, a lord from a forgotten house may hold the key to saving the empire...
The Widow's Thorn
Series: The Glenaster Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,080. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Nearly a year has passed since Esther Lanark fought the Witch of Glenaster, but she is still not safe. As ward of the empire's most powerful man, she is effectively a prisoner, until an old friend appears, and tells her that Magnus, her brother, may still be alive - and that she is in greater danger now than ever. Who can she trust, and how will she escape, when so many people want her dead?
The Witch of Glenaster
Series: The Glenaster Chronicles. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 83,370. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
When a young guardsman appears at their door late one night, Esther Lanark and her family are thrown into a world of fear, war, and ancient, dark magic, a world where firedrakes ravage the land, strange shadowmen stalk the woods, and where a witch from the far north has awoken from her long sleep, to wreak her revenge on the old empire.

Jonathan Mills' tag cloud

dragons    magic    sea battles    shape shifters    shapeshifters    sorcerers    sorcery    witches    wraiths